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BBC explores BBC Four int’l roll-out as ‘global subscription service’

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial […]

BBC Studios hires BBC Four chief Cassian Harrison as SVP commissioning

BBC Studios has appointed Cassian Harrison, the editor of UK culture-skewing channel BBC Four, to a temporary role overseeing commissioning. Harrison becomes SVP of commissioning and content global services at the BBC’s commercial arm, working on the creation and distribution of original programming for digital services that BBCS owns and operates around the world. He […]

BBC Four & PBS visit Notre Dame with Windfall Films

BBC Four in the UK and US broadcaster PBS have commissioned a special-access documentary from Windfall Films about the race to save and rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in France. Rebuilding Notre Dame: Inside The Great Cathedral Rescue (1 x 60-minute), from the Argonon Group-owned Windfall, will air on BBC Four in […]

Pandemic series ‘Contagion’ sold to European, Asian broadcasters

UK production house Rare TV’s medical documentary Contagion has been picked up for re-broadcast in several countries in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special was originally commissioned by BBC Four and first broadcast in 2018. It was retransmitted on the UK pubcaster last month and has since been sold by UK-based distributor Magnify […]

BBC Four commissions Rare TV’s ‘The River’

BBC Four has commissioned Rare TV for a feature documentary on Scotland’s longest river.  In The River: A Year In The Life Of The Tay, award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald observes the Tay — which begins as a small Highland watercourse and ends as a vast torrent spilling into the North Sea at Dundee — over the […]

BBC to develop AI that helps programme makers and schedulers

The BBC’s research and development department (BBC R&D) is developing Artificial Intelligence to help programme makers and schedulers unlock valuable resources from its extensive library. The news arrived as BBC 4.1 Artificial Intelligence TV brings two nights of experiential programming including a series part-made by AI on September 4 and 5. There will be new […]

BBC Four buys new Welsh noir

UK network BBC Four has acquired Hidden (Craith), the upcoming Welsh-language noir drama from the makers of Hinterland (Y Gwyll). The deal with All3Media International comes after BBC Four acquired detective drama Hinterland. Hidden will launch in Welsh on S4C in January next year before the bilingual version, Hidden, airs on BBC Wales and then […]

BBC among French sci-fi drama buyers

The UK’s BBC Four, Germany’s RTL and DR in Denmark have boarded a French sci-fi drama series from Empriente Digitale. DR’s deal gives it exclusive local rights for seasons one and two of Missions, while the BBC and RTL have struck second window deals, for free TV and premium pay TV respectively, as AMC-owned SVOD […]

BBC Four buys French mystery drama

BBC Four has acquired Witnesses: A Frozen Death, an eight-part mystery from France. Witnesses is directed by Hervé Hadmar and produced by Cinétévé for France 2. It stars Marie Dompnier (The Tunnel) and Audrey Fleurot (Spiral). The series follows Sandra Winckler (Dompnier), who explores the case of 15 male bodies found frozen on an abandoned bus. […]

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